Christmas Adventuring

Monday 19 December – cool, occasional showers – top of 5°

This morning, Janet took us to Holme Grange Craft Village, where we enjoyed looking through all the shops – we didn’t buy anything, but were certainly tempted!  When we returned to Maidenhead, we bought our ham and turkey, ready to cook on Christmas Day.

Tuesday 20 December – occasional showers – top of 8°

What an exciting adventure we all went on today!  This afternoon, Janet, Ella (in her pram) and the two of us walked down to the station and caught the train to Paddington.  We then caught the tube to Charing Cross and walked around to Trafalgar Square and had a cuppa at Costa, while Janet gave Ella her dinner and we waited for Adrian to meet us after he finished work.  The five of us then went to Trafalgar Square to see the lovely Christmas tree.  From there we walked up Charing Cross Road to Oxford Street and then down Regent Street and then into Carnaby Street – where they had amazing lights hanging above the streets.  We then continued along Regent Street and caught another tube at Piccadilly Circus to Waterloo, walked through Southbank to the German Christmas Markets, where we wandered along looking at the stalls and eating our baguettes that we had brought from home.  After a dessert of marshmallows on a stick, dipped in chocolate, we then walked over the Waterloo Bridge, along the riverside to Embankment Underground, caught a tube to South Kensington, where we changed to the tube to Knightsbridge.  We walked along to Harrods, found a café across the road and gave Ella her night time bottle, and then had a look at the Christmas windows at Harrods, before catching a tube back to South Kensington and then to Paddington. From there we caught the train back to Maidenhead and walked back home.  What an absolutely wonderful night!  The weather was kind to us and it only started raining when we were on our way home.  Richard and Adrian had it down to a fine art, carrying the pram up and down stairs and onto escalators, so that we didn’t have to take Ella out each time.  She stayed awake the whole evening – too much to see to want to sleep!

Wednesday 21 December – overcast but warmer – top of 11°

More excitement today!  This afternoon, Janet and Adrian took us to the Christmas Pantomime, “Peter Pan”, at the New Victoria Theatre in Woking, which was a 40 minute drive from here.  It was lots of fun with traditional audience participation encouraged by one of the main characters.  One of the UK’s best known actors, Steve McFadden, who plays Phil in EastEnders, played the dastardly Captain Hook.  The special effects were great, with Peter Pan, Wendy, Michael and John flying around the stage.  Ella was mesmerised throughout the whole panto and the four adults acted like big kids, joining in.

Before we went into the Panto, Janet and Adrian took Ella to meet Santo in his Grotto and had a photo taken – she looked adorable in her little Christmas outfit.

Another fun day was had by all.


One Response to “Christmas Adventuring”

  1. Shelle-Bell says:

    Hi Stupendous Sandy & Richard,
    Thank you so much for keeping us up to date with your wonderful trip! As usual it makes me feel like I’m with you every step of the way!!!!
    Richard your photo’s are amazing & yes your settings are correct….lol!!! The Christmas lights photos are very stunning & in focus, I always have trouble shooting photos at night, so maybe when you get back you can give me some pointers!!!!
    You all look like your having a fabulous time & Ella is looking her beautiful happy little self!!!
    Enjoy your trip & looking forward to reading more from the ‘Advebtures of the Dalzell’s!!!!
    Lv & friendship, Shelle-Bell 🙂 xxoo

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